With the free-agency period closed, plenty of superstars and players have moved around. There were also plenty of superstars that stuck around with their current teams. This year’s free-agent period was nothing short of eventful. Now that the dust has settled, I think it is time to decide which team has the best roster now. Let’s check it out.
As always, a top-five ranking list seems to be the most efficient for topics like this.
5.) Golden State Warriors (39-33 in 2020-21)
As much as we want to believe that the Warriors dynasty is over, buckle in. While this take might not be popular, I think it is more possible than most would think. I have high praise for this Warriors team and it is hard to not respect their success. While Golden State was rather quiet in free agency, they still made key moves. This Warriors team is younger now and full of talent.
Obviously, signing Steph Curry to another long-term deal was the best move for them. Golden State then made the small moves of drafting Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga. Finally, Golden State picked up veteran threats Otto Porter, Nemanja Bjelica, and former Finals MVP for them, Andre Iguodala.
The Warriors needed depth to back up Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green and they did just that. Golden State is prepping for what may be their last chance together at a title. Keep an eye on this Warriors team in 2021.
4.) Brooklyn Nets (48-24 in 2020-21)
Brooklyn has become one of the favorites in the NBA after this past season. That being said, they have enough star power that drastic moves were not needed in free agency. The biggest move for Brooklyn was clearly signing Kevin Durant to his four-year deal. Other than that, the only notable moves were the signing of Patty Mills and resigning of Blake Griffin.
Brooklyn makes this list because they feature one of the more star-studded lineups in the league. When three of your starters are Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and James Harden, you have a solid roster. Brooklyn is going to be a contender for a few more years as long as everyone stays healthy.
3.) Los Angeles Lakers (42-30 in 2020-21)
The Lakers are always searching for another superstar to sign and this offseason has brought in plenty of new names. The biggest name being superstar point guard Russell Westbrook who was brought to LA in a sign and trade deal. While LA had to part ways with Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Russ is worth it.
LA also brought in Carmelo Anthony, Malik Monk, Dwight Howard, Wayne Ellington, Trevor Ariza, and Kendrick Nunn. LA decided to go out and pick up some experienced players and not worry about developing players.
The truth here is that LA is in their “win now” mentality. Picking up a third superstar in Russ and adding veteran depth is what LA hopes is the answer. There is no doubt that Russ now makes this LA lineup/roster that much better. Only time will tell how LeBron, AD, and Russ can run this Laker squad.
2.) Miami Heat (40-32 in 2020-21)
The Heat have once again surprised everyone with their offseason moves. While this year’s transactions might not be like LeBron coming to south beach, they were still active. Pat Riley was hard at work and Miami landed star Raptor point guard Kyle Lowry via a sign and trade. That move was big enough that resigning Jimmy Butler to a max extension was the cherry on top for the Heat this off-season. Miami also resigned a few depth players including sharpshooter Duncan Robinson to a five-year deal.
Miami now features a well seasoned starting five with plenty of options. Options like newly acquired PJ Tucker, Markieff Morris, and returning Victor Oladipo. Miami has reemerged as an immediate favorite in the East. Kyle Lowry brings a veteran guard role that Miami lacked and now they are primed to make another Finals run.
1.) Chicago Bulls (31-41 in 2020-21)
Here is the team that I think is taking the best roster into the 2021-22 season. Chicago made huge splashes in free agency picking uprising star Lonzo Ball and seasoned veteran DeMar DeRozan both via a sign and trade. Then Chicago went and stole the Lakers’ best perimeter defender in Alex Caruso after LA placed no counter offer. Chicago already features their star guard Zach Lavine and star big man Nikola Vucevic but now they add even more starting talent.
It has been a while since the Bulls were relevant in the NBA but I think this new lineup/roster can make them relevant again. With plenty of scoring talent, athleticism, and depth, Chicago could surprise a lot of people.
Will Chicago be able to beat say Milwaukee or Brooklyn or Philly for the East? Maybe, maybe not, but either way, this roster has plenty of potential to go around. I’d be lying if I said I won’t be watching the Bulls in 2021-22.
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